Caucasian Snowcock – Tetraogallus caucasicus
The Caucasian Snowcock – Tetraogallus caucasicus
The Caucasiuan Snowcock is a bird of the Phasianidae family. Native of the Caucasus Mountains, from northern Georgia to Azerbaijan, it is absent in Armenia. He lives in the mountains, between 1800 and 4000m in the trees and on the grassy slopes interspersed with snow and ravines plates. It has a predilection for alpine meadows and avoids forests like the rhododendron bushes.This vegetarian eats bulbs, seeds, leaves and buds. Youth food is rich in legumes, which provides them high protein without resort, unlike other partridges, to insects, rarer in altitude. This species is timid and shy.
The species is monogamous and pair formation takes place in March. The parades begin in April. The nest is a simple depression dug by the female. It is located in open or partially hidden by a rock. Laying begins in April and May but varies with altitude; six weeks can separate the high altitude from those produced at low altitude, the species is not considered threatened.